Links that may or may not be related to gardens, food, travel, nature, or heterotopias and liminal spaces but probably are. Sources in parentheses.

long article: The age of average (Alex Murrell). “This article argues that from film to fashion and architecture to advertising, creative fields have become dominated and defined by convention and cliché.” The reasons he offers for the blandification are different and yet the homogeneity is fairly encompassing among AirBnBs, restaurants, coffee shops, offices, our homes, supermarkets, cityscapes, midrises, cars, book covers (I have noticed this lately), cinema, brands, logos, the fashion and look of women, online sites and content. I don’t know how he wrote this article without using the word “heterotopia.”

another long article: Starlings (hikersnotebook). Everything you have ever wanted to know about starlings.

photos: thatwaspguy (Sloan Tomlinson/Instagram). Follow him if you have any interest in wasps. Incredible photos and design.

essay: On fungus and how to compost slowly: In praise of the not-hot, slow-decaying, totally-chill pile (Cass Marketos/The Rot). One of my favourite writers lately, on grieving an old compost pile, adapting to the world as it is, making way for and celebrating the small wins.

1-min video: could you get 14 dogs in a conga line? (Guinness World Records/YouTube)

I can’t stop laughing when I read this

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